Britain’s exit from the European Union looks increasingly likely to be delayed beyond the scheduled date of March 29 because of the backlog of legislation that needs to be passed, according to unnamed senior ministers cited by London’s Evening Standard.
“The legislative timetable is now very very tight indeed,” a senior minister told the newspaper on Friday. “Certainly, if there is a defeat on Tuesday and it took some time before it got resolved, it’s hard to see how we can get all the legislation through by March 29.”
Britain is due to leave the globe’s biggest trading bloc in under 80 days but parliament looks likely to reject May’s negotiated agreement with the EU on Tuesday, increasing the possibility of a disorderly Brexit.
MPs are widely expected to reject the deal, negotiated between the EU and UK, with more than 100 Conservative MPs among those opposing it.
Ministers have warned the UK faces Brexit “paralysis” if this happens. And further fanatical far rights group could surge through the political landscape as a result.
All this means that Theresa May’s chances of delivering Brexit on 29 March are fading fast after senior ministers privately admitted more time is needed even if her deal wins the backing of parliament.
Even in the unlikely event that the prime minister’s deal is actually approved on Tuesday, then the government would still need at least a month to avoid a ‘No Deal Brexit’.
Downing Street attempted to play down the chances of an extension to the Article 50 negotiating period on Friday by saying that it is not “government policy”.
Prime Minister May looks set for a historic defeat when she puts her deal to the House of Commons on Tuesday, with some estimates suggesting she will lose by more than 200 votes.
Downing Street and Pro-Bexiteers are sending out memo’s and messages to MP’s to suggest that blocking Brexit will bring the government to its knees and open the political forum up to more right-wing fanatical groups.
Mr Grayling, the transport secretary has said there would be a “different tone” in British politics if the UK failed to leave the EU, and predicted a “less tolerant society” and a “more nationalistic nation”.
This could end centuries of “moderate” politics in the UK, he said, as he urged his colleagues to back Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal.
The Commons vote on Tuesday is more important than ever now, and if it the PM fails to get the deal agreed, can the opposition provide a solution and take this from her? unlikely the anyone else wants to be a labelled as ‘the PM who took Britain out of the EU’.